Hippocrates was regarded as the greatest physician of his time and known today as the "Father of Medicine". He based his medical practice on observations and study of the human body. In 460BC he wrote "The physician must be experienced in many things, but assuredly in rubbing". Hence massage therapy has a very long history and is today practiced around the world in over eighty different recognized modalities. Medical research has shown that the benefits of massage include pain relief, reduced anxiety and depression, and temporarily reduced blood pressure, heart rate, and state anxiety. This is believed to be due to stimulating the release of endorphins and serotonin, preventing fibrosis or scar tissue, increasing the flow of lymph, and improving sleep. Multiple dose effects of massage through regular treatments have been shown to effectively relieve pain due to musculoskeletal injuries and chronic lower back pain.
Massage therapy offers the following reported major benefits:
- Pain relief from musculoskeletal injuries and other causes
- Reduces stress and enhances relaxation
- Rehabilitates sports injuries
- Decreases feelings of anxiety and depression
- Increases general well being
Deep Tissue massage therapy focuses on the muscles located below the surface of the top muscles. Athletes and people involved in heavy physical activity, people experiencing consistent pain, and those requiring rehabilitation following injury, benefit most from deep tissue massage. This form of massage helps to relieve severe tension in the muscle and connective tissue (fascia), but may leave the patient feeling sore for one or two days following treatment.
Relaxation massage therapy involves gently rolling, kneading, and stroking the skin and underlying muscles. Aromatherapy oil is applied throughout the treatment. The main benefits include increasing blood, oxygen, and energy flow through the body, leading to a state of heightened relaxation. This form of massage leaves the patient feeling relaxed and calm.